How Amazing It Is To Know.

This post is sponsored by Mars Veterinary Wisdom Panel 3.0. All opinions stated are my own.

Look at this adorable face.

She’s such an interesting dog. A rescued girl from Alabama, we have never even had a second of thinking about life without Athena. She so seamlessly integrated herself into our family – with her sweet, docile personality, her intense eyes, and her gentle and even dainty nature. Of course we have gotten word about what her life was like down south, and what breeds of dogs her parents were, but I can’t wait to know for sure. Soon we’ll get back our results from her Wisdom Panel® 3.0 swab.

This is Athena:

And we’re in contact with her brother and his owner too:

We are constantly asked what breed Athena is. There are some questions that are spot-on – is she a basenji or part basenji? For sure she is, although she can bark and has a Siberian husky tail. Sometimes people say she looks like a dingo, and many kids have asked their parents as Athena races by – “Is that a red fox?” “No, of course it isn’t,” the parents say looking back at her.. “at least I think?” For me it’s fun and it’s part of my dog owner pride to get asked these questions. It means these questions are even being raised to begin with because she’s intruiging. And it’s because she can’t necessarily be placed.

Wisdom Panel

And that’s where Wisdom Panel® 3.0 comes in.


There are millions of mixed-breed dog owners in the United States and I’m proud to be one! Having access to reliable breed ancestry information can be critical to me and others, for the nutrition, training and overall healthcare of our pets. If we can better understand the breeds that make up our dogs, we can receive much more targeted care, and in some cases, can be provided with lifesaving information. Mars Veterinary is the industry leader in canine genetic testing and they’re launching their next evolution of the canine DNA test – Wisdom Panel® 3.0 — and is not only expanding the breed screening coverage, but also the medical applications with the new MDR1 Genetic Mutation screening. What’s the MDR1? (Multi-Drug Resistance 1)


It’s a genetic mutation found in some herding and sighthound breeds, as well as many mixed-breed dogs. The MDR1 gene is responsible for the production of a protein called P-glycoprotein. This P-glycoprotein molecule is a drug transport pump that plays an important role in limiting drug absorption and distribution, particularly to the brain, and enhancing the excretion/elimination of many drugs used in dogs. How does this come into play? Dogs with this MDR1 mutation may have severe adverse reactions to common drugs, so it’s important to test mixed-breed dogs and purebreds with the high-propensity breeds, and for owners to share results with their veterinarian. That way, the dog can receive the best care.

You can find out more about the MDR1 mutation, HERE.

What else can I tell you about the Wisdom Panel® 3.0 Canine DNA Test?

1. It covers 250+ breeds, types and varieties of dogs, including all of those recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and can also be run for mixed-breed, designer and purebred dogs.

2. It can provide ancestry information back to the great-grandparent level, MDR1 Genetic Mutation screening results, and a predicted weight profile.

3. It can be done at home and consists of two swabs that the owner rubs between the gum and the cheek of the dog for 15 seconds to collect skin cells for DNA extraction. Results take approximately 2-3 weeks from the time the lab receives the DNA.

4. The kit includes instructions, DNA cheek swabs (all for use on one dog), a drying insert for swabs, and a pre-paid return shipping box.

5. The benefits of running this test are sky-high! The information can provide you with the ability to develop a training program that works with your breed, and you can get a better understanding of their behavior. You can also develop a nutrition plan for breed-specific needs and/or achieving or maintaining a healthy weight. The test can assist in determining what the adult size of your dog might be, and what breed-specific health concerns or common issues you can look out for.

Wisdom Panel will be at the following event to share more information about Wisdom Panel® 3.0 and educate on the benefits of Canine DNA testing:

December 5: Holiday Pet Festival in Scottsdale, AZ – with swabbing

For all events that allow dogs, consumers can swab onsite at the event for a discounted price of $39.99. For those wanting to take home a kit, they can be purchased for the discounted price of $49.99 (MSRP $84.99). You can visit for more information and to purchase a kit.

How accurate is the Wisdom Panel® 3.0?

Wisdom Panel does not offer a guaranteed accuracy level, however if a good, clean sample is obtained—dog does not share any food/toys/water with any other dogs prior to testing and doesn’t eat any food/treats—accuracy can be about 90%.

Well, what are you waiting for? I believe information will only help me to be the best pet owner I can be!

For more info about Wisdom Panel 3.0, go HERE.

Any guesses as to what might show up on Athena’s DNA test?

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  1. Oh man, I need to do one of these for Hannah! We have always wonder what type of dogs mixed together to make something so special!

    I can’t wait to see what Athena’s test says! I’m thinking mostly basenji.

  2. I would love to do this test for both my cockers. I had actually never heard of this before so it’s good to know that it can be done. BTW there have been times I’ve seen Athena in pics and wondered about that fox part myself. 🙂

  3. Dec 5th in Scottsdale! I have always wondered what my dog was. We should find out before she is gone. She is 15 and sadly I know we dont have many more days with her. I wonder what you will find outcwith Athena!

  4. How interesting! I can see how something like this could be so beneficial – especially since certain breeds seem to be predisposed to certain conditions. I am looking forward to hearing about what you find out about Athena. 🙂

  5. I love this! I have seen other canine DNA test that were much more expensive than this…this is a pretty good deal. Can’t wait to hear the results for Athena.

  6. Very nice, intelligent looking dog! I saw a neighbor walking one this week that looked like the same breed.

    This is interesting! I was not familiar with DNA work for dogs. I suppose it’s valuable to know what ailments are more likely. Interesting thing is, regardless that there are a lot of potential diseases, living an active life and eating a healthy diet can only be helpful for our pets, and their owners 🙂

  7. Sounds like a great DNA test for dog owners. We have a feline, so I wouldn’t have a need for this. But, pets are beloved members of our families. Enjoy the rest of your week!

    1. We have a cat too! I wonder if there are tests for them. It’s all interesting. Some people think mine might be part Siamese!
      Have a great weekend!

  8. How interesting this is! I had no idea anything like this was available! It would be cool to find this out. I can’t wait to hear the results on Athena! Did you get another kitty?

    1. I was wondering that! The test takes 2-3 weeks, but sometimes it takes a lot more than that to adopt a puppy. I wonder if shelters will ever offer that information.

    1. I find it really fascinating! I totally get doing it for curiosity’s sake alone, and then I see all of these legit reasons to do it! I’m excited.

  9. What a sweet dog! This whole post makes me ache for a dog of our own (we just don’t have the space right now). I would have loved to get a screening like this done on a few dogs I’ve known. And it makes me wonder if one of my sisters’ rescue dogs could have had a longer life and better treatment. Thanks for sharing the information!

  10. This is sooo cool and interesting. I didn’t realize it’s possible. I do agree it’s important for your dog’s health and training!

  11. I would love to do this for our dog! She definitely has a lot of border collie in her, but we have no idea what else. When we rescued her as a puppy, half the litter looked like border collies and half looked like beagles – but there is very little in her that looks like a Beagle. I think Basenji/Husky is a pretty good guess for sweet Athena!

  12. Tamara, your dog is sooo incredibly beautiful and I would be so curious to know her breed, too! I’d totally think part fox as well 🙂 I can’t wait to hear her test results… and Buster would love a playdate with Athena! XOXO

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